How to get a picky eater to eat (most of) what you put in front of them

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My two girls have always been picky eaters. I think most mothers know the sheer frustration that comes with spending an hour or so cooking a meal, to have your child turn their nose up at it before they’ve even tried it.

My girls were both baby led weaned. I was promised that this would stop them from being picky eaters when they grew up. Not so, at all. When they were babies, they would eat anything I put in front of them. Leyla’s favourite was chicken and courgette. Now they are her two most hated foods. She will not even. To be fair to her, she is a bit trickier now as she has decided she is vegetarian. She loves animals and she gets upset at the thought of them being killed for us to eat. I can understand that and I do let that one slide, because she is old enough to make her own decision on that one.

A few years ago, I had big problems with Leyla, she always left half of her meal and was hungry again an hour later. Nowadays, if I add some type of dried beans or other protein in with the meal, then dish it out so she gets beans and no meat, she will generally eat it. Other than meat, she eats most of what I give her now, so no real issues there. She eats a wide range of vegetables, beans, eggs, rice, potatoes and cheese. Occasionally she will leave something she is really just not keen on, but I think that’s pretty normal. Nobody likes everything.

Naomie on the other hand, she is a different story altogether. She is not a vegetarian. She loves meat, she loves vegetables, she loves pasta, she loves potatoes, until I put them into a meal and then they are all the worst. I can’t actually remember the last time Naomie finished a full meal. There is always something wrong with it, some reason why she can’t eat it all and why she should be allowed to leave it and just have her pudding instead. Or she is extremely full and only has space for her pudding (nice try, kid). Even if she likes the ingredients separately, she suddenly hates them when they are put into a meal. I have never been the type to make different meals for everyone. If I am making a meal then that is the meal and if you don’t eat it, there is nothing else.  My mam was like that too so I obviously picked it up from her.

I am now on a mission to convince Naomie to eat what I put in front of her. I have a few guidelines that I am making myself stick to.

  • I will no longer be offering her snacks after school or between meals
  • She will get no pudding unless her whole meal has been eaten
  • There will be no TV or other distractions on at meal times
  • All meals are to be eaten up to the table as a family
  • Even if she is flat out refusing to finish something, at least three “thank you” bites have to be eaten, so she has at least tried it
  • If she refuses to at least try her food, she will be sent upstairs to bed

This may seem pretty strict to some, but I really think it may work for us. I think a lot of Naomie’s refusal to eat is plain stubbornness and just wanting sweets instead of dinner. If sweets are no longer an option until after dinner, then I am hoping that this will make her meal more appealing. Obviously there will be some things that she tries and just doesn’t like and that will be different.  As I said before, nobody likes everything and that is ok.

Have you had a picky eater? Any tips or advice would be amazing🙂

Gender Reveal

 

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With my family spread out all over the world the last two times I was pregnant, I didn’t bother having a baby shower. I felt it wouldn’t have been the same without my family there. This time around, my close family are all together, living in the same town, and my extended family and friends are all less than a 2 hour drive away. With this baby possibly being my last, I wanted to make sure I took the chance to have a baby shower. What better time to have it than after my sexing scan, so I could reveal the big news to all of my family and friends at the same time.

My scan was a few weeks ago now and I had to keep quiet about what the baby was for a whole week before the baby shower. I nearly accidentally blurted it out many times, and my family also very naughtily tried to trick it out of me, but thankfully I managed to keep it a secret until the day of the shower. We took my Mam along to the scan with us so we all knew what the baby was but I swore her to secrecy, along with my boyfriend.

I wanted to incorporate the girls in the reveal as much as possible as I want them to feel involved with this pregnancy. I decided to buy something that they could unwrap and do the reveal themselves. As soon as I found out what the baby was, I was straight on etsy. I wanted something with Baby Boy or Baby Girl written on and I found just the perfect little newborn vest.

At the shower, I gathered all of my family and friends and had the girls stand in front of us all and do the honours. Everyone was adamant I was having a boy, except for Naomie and my little cousin, Maddie, who both said girl. Naomie unwrapped the vest and then I had Leyla read out a little card from the baby. It almost made me cry when she was reading it out because she sounded so proud and happy❤

I recorded the whole thing so those of you who want to can watch the girls’ reactions.

I love these cute little faces!

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We’re having a baby boy!

Love adele

Cooking with kids series: Banana bread

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Cooking with kids can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you’re like me and need things done just right. I used to love cooking as a child, and I think it gave me a really good basis for motherhood and running a home. I do not want my children to miss out on those skills, just because I am worried they won’t do it right. How else are they going to learn, if not through experience? With that in mind, I created the Cooking With Kids series. I plan to share a completely kid-proof recipe every month, something that the kids can do with little to no help, and something they will enjoy making.

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This month, Naomie decided to make some banana bread. Leyla was busy and couldn’t help which meant Naomie could do everything. She really loved being able to measure everything out and also being able to do all of the mixing. Her reading is coming on really nicely too and she was able to read my recipe easily. All I did was crack the egg and put the tin into the oven for her.

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She had a wet bowl and a dry bowl and she enjoyed reading the recipe to see which ingredients went in which bowl.

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Mixing it all together.

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Look at that proud little face! She absolutely loves any type of responsibility or chance to feel like a ‘big girl’ and it is so obvious in this picture, I think.

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Crumbly deliciousness. This banana bread turned out really nicely. I was a bit unsure as it was made using wholemeal flour and no sugar. I have since doubled the quantities as there was not really enough batter to fill the tin and the bread didn’t rise very much. The recipe below uses the doubled quantities which makes a much more substantial size of loaf.

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You can find more Cooking With Kids posts here.

Love adele

Kizim Kouture Product Showcase: Fox Earflap Hat

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This month, I would like to showcase one of my crochet hats. I just finished this fox earflap hat last week and I think it’s really cute and it would make a brilliant baby gift. This one is size preemie to newborn, but it can be made in sizes up to 10 years old.

I always make earflap hats for my girls because they fit for much longer than beanie hats. I tend to find that my girls outgrow their beanie hats quite quickly, in the length more than the actual head circumference, but the earflaps on this hat give a lot of extra growing room.

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I can make this hat in size preemie to newborn, 3-6 months, 1-2 years, 3-5 years or 6-10 years. If you’re a bit unsure about what size you need, you can always measure your child’s head circumference and then I can pick out the best size for you. Obviously all children are different so it’s best to go by measurement rather than age wherever possible.

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This hat is lovely and cosy, its made from acrylic yarn and has a cute little button nose. It can be made with or without braids, just let me know when ordering if you would like the braids removed, as they do come as standard on the hat.

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I chose to make a fox hat because I’ve been seeing fox related stuff all over etsy and facebook recently. It’s really made me want to make something foxy too. I’ve seen this type of hat used as a prop for a baby photoshoot and the pictures are absolutely adorable. I’m pregnant with my third at the minute and I’m really wanting to get one done when the baby is born because they make just amazing keepsakes.

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Anway, I hope you like this hat, let me know what you think in the comments below. As always, you can find me on my website and I am also across social media as KizimKouture.

Love adele

 

Cooking with kids series: Green smoothies

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Cooking with kids can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you’re like me and need things done just right. I used to love cooking as a child, and I think it gave me a really good basis for motherhood and running a home. I do not want my children to miss out on those skills, just because I am worried they won’t do it right. How else are they going to learn, if not through experience? With that in mind, I created the Cooking With Kids series. I plan to share a completely kid-proof recipe every month, something that the kids can do with little to no help, and something they will enjoy making.

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This month, Leyla and Naomie asked to make green smoothies. They were very easy to make and the girls loved that they got to use the blender.

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They piled the fruit, spinach, yoghurt and honey in and I added enough milk to fill the blender to the top. There was plenty for two adults and four kids.

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You can find more Cooking With Kids posts here.

Love adele

Flash Sale!

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Those of you who follow me on social media will already know that we have some very exciting news to share with you.

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I’m pregnant! We went for our first scan the other day and saw the little baby and a healthy heartbeat. As you can imagine, we are all over the moon!

To celebrate, I am having a 3 day flash sale on my shop, with a massive 50% off all ready made and custom made orders. To place a custom order, simply pick a design, a size and a fabric and let me do the rest! I am able to order different fabrics in if you don’t love any of the ones I have in stock. Just send me a message to discuss your requirements. Ready made clothes can be found on my website or social media accounts (@kizimkouture)

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To purchase on social media, simply send me a message with the order you would like to make and I will calculate the  discount for you and send you an invoice. If you would like to order through my website, you can do so by using the code FEBFLASH50 before midnight on 22nd February 2016.

Any problems, just let me know and happy shopping!😀